So I'm learning the other side of the "food business" when it rains. Currently rain season is full-on with hurricanes coming past VA. My little farm stand I've been promoting has gotten rained out two weekends. I've purchased pumpkins from another VA farm hoping to sell a lot, but just waiting for one sunny weekend.
When I use to deliver pizzas whenever it began pouring down rain it wasn't fun and a bit more stressful but for the most part tips increased and always a ton more orders. Now I'm learning on the market side people don't like to come out when it rains, "duh". So I'm definitely forecasting my farm stand weekends now a bit more! Plus once the dough starts coming in creating some major rainy day funds.
On the positive side of things I welcome my newest wwoofer (farm intern) Samantha from north France. I'm her first farm for a two week stay then she is off to Florida before heading back home. I'm probably the worst English teacher, but I hope she is learning a few new words each day. Most recently she learned about "stuff" - "clean up all that stuff". I described it as all that materialistic "stuff" Americans buy up and then have to constantly organize, clean, sell, or throw away. It's funny.
Wish me luck selling my 100 pumpkins! My farm stand (maidensmarket.com) is self-serve honor system style. I think some buyers are two afraid to open the change box so they put the money under it. Maybe too much temptation for a free dinner? ;)
Samantha and I have been cleaning up the chicken coop, composting tomato bushes, and clearing up the "stuff" - farm stuff that is. I will be on the Richmond Farm Tour (vabf.org) circuit this Saturday and Sunday. Sadly, again, I planned to be rained out 3-4 inches!!! I hope some people stop by to see what I'm doing. I just recently started building my new hydroponics greenhouse. It will be much smaller and completely air tight to keep the heat in. I'll post pictures once it's complete.
cheers from the farm,